Rights and Freedoms

Gender quotas bake in cookie-cutter MPs
9 April 2021

Gender quotas bake in cookie-cutter MPs

One of the problems when you start replacing merit as the criterion for appointment to a position or role, or to become a Liberal Party MP, with some other basis for selection is it’s difficult to know where to stop. The debate about gender quotas for Liberal MPs (a debate that seems to be more vigorously engaged in by sections
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Australians Must Not Be Divided By Race
23 March 2021

Australians Must Not Be Divided By Race

The Institute of Public Affairs is committed to undertaking research to defend and extend the Australian way of life and mainstream Australian values. Central to the Australian way of life is the idea that all Australians are equal in the eyes of the law and that every Australian shares an equal voice in the governance of the nation. This letter,
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Legislated Voice A Smokescreen For Radical And Divisive Constitutional Change
19 March 2021

Legislated Voice A Smokescreen For Radical And Divisive Constitutional Change

The Institute of Public Affairs commends the Prime Minister Scott Morrison for ruling out a constitutionally enshrined indigenous voice. However, as I wrote in The Australian today, a legislated voice is being used a smokescreen for a inserting racial division into the constitution:   Noel Pearson’s address confirms that the process for designing a voice to parliament in legislation is a smokescreen for
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Constitutional Ban On Fracking Autocratic, Illiberal and Undemocratic
4 March 2021

Constitutional Ban On Fracking Autocratic, Illiberal and Undemocratic

The state government’s attempt to impose a constitutional ban on fracking is an unprecedented attack on democracy. No policy restriction like this exists in the Victorian constitution. Never before in this state has a government attempted to use its temporary parliamentary majority to entrench policy changes that would require a much larger majority to change in the future. What the
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Craig Kelly: Cancel Culture Has Now Come To The Government’s Backbenches
24 February 2021

Craig Kelly: Cancel Culture Has Now Come To The Government’s Backbenches

That Craig Kelly does not believe he can speak “frankly” and “fearlessly” on important public policy matters such as the government’s health response to the coronavirus from the government benches should concern everyone who values freedom and democracy.  Rather than defending liberal democratic values such as freedom of speech and open debate, Morrison saw advantage in telling Parliament earlier this month that
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Mainstream Australians Overwhelmingly Support Free Speech
22 February 2021

Mainstream Australians Overwhelmingly Support Free Speech

A new poll of 1,038 Australians commissioned by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has found that Australians overwhelmingly support freedom of speech, according to new polling commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs, despite growing calls for censorship of the news media. The poll data was collected by marketing research firm Dynata between 11-13 December 2020. It asked Australians to agree or disagree with the
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Fly-Past Coral Surveys
11 February 2021

Fly-Past Coral Surveys

This morning, Peter Ridd’s legal team will be asking the High Court to hear his appeal against his sacking by James Cook University. The High Court does not agree to hear most cases. They consider cases that have a wider legal implication. His legal team continue to focus on the academic/intellectual freedom clauses in most university enterprise agreements and on
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An Indigenous Voice To Parliament: Not As Simple As Some Would Have You Believe
3 February 2021

An Indigenous Voice To Parliament: Not As Simple As Some Would Have You Believe

Advocates for an Indigenous Voice to parliament see the proposal for a legislated option merely as a stepping stone to radical constitutional change rather than the compromise some conservatives think it could be.   The National Indigenous Australian Agency (NIAA) has now released to the public its interim report outlining a proposal of an Indigenous Voice to parliament. The interim report, produced as part of a co-design process launched by the federal
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Saving The Australian Way of Life – Transcript
25 January 2021

Saving The Australian Way of Life – Transcript

Read Tony Abbott’s comments here. Watch the video here. John Roskam: Hello – My name is John Roskam – I am the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. I’m speaking to you today on Australia Day – the 26th of January 2021 because I believe we should recognise and celebrate Australia’s success as a great democracy. Australia is
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The Fair Go – Going, Gone: The Decline Of The Australian Way Of Life, 2000 to 2020
25 January 2021

The Fair Go – Going, Gone: The Decline Of The Australian Way Of Life, 2000 to 2020

Key findings : The quality of the Australian way of life is collapsing.  The Australian Way of Life Scoreboard, which measures the quality of the Australian way of life, has declined by 28.5% since 2000.  23 of 25 measures relevant to the Australian way of life have declined since 2000.  This decline can be found across every area of Australian life,
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